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Adult Social Care: Quality Matters

This page on the Government website has documents that provide information on Quality Matters, an initiative to improve the quality of adult social care. This includes the newly published action plan for year 2 of the initiative.

The Quality Matters initiative is jointly led by partners from across the adult social care sector.

It sets out a shared commitment to achieve high quality adult social care for service users, families, carers and everyone working in the sector.

You can see the guidance here

Additional details on Quality Matters are available on the GOV.UK Social Care blog.

Clampdown planned for British online pharmacies

From the BBC

New rules to keep people safe when buying medications from online pharmacies have been described as a “big step forward” by Britain’s pharmacy regulator.

It comes after patients and relatives raised concerns, as well as an investigation by BBC Panorama.

The General Pharmaceutical Council has issued guidance for providers.

It will help regulate access to addictive medication, such as strong painkillers

The way some online pharmacy websites operate will change, and more checks will be done on medications.

Extra safety measures include:

  • Sites cannot be set up in a way that allows patients to choose a prescription-only medication before an online consultation with a healthcare professional
  • More safeguards will be introduced for certain medications, including antibiotics and medicines that need ongoing monitoring or management
  • For medications that are liable to abuse, overuse or misuse, or when there is a risk of addiction, the prescriber needs to contact the GP in advance of issuing the prescription (and they have confirmed it is appropriate for the patient and the appropriate monitoring is in place)
  • Online pharmacy websites should be clear about the identity and/or location of the pharmacies issuing prescriptions

You can read the full article on the BBC website here

You can read the guidance as an online pdf here

Fundraising Regulator reveals details of new Code of Fundraising Practice

From Civil Society

The new Code of Fundraising Practice is to come into force in the autumn, amid changes to the regulator’s powers, the chief executive of the Fundraising Regulator has revealed. Speaking at the Trustee Exchange in London last week,

Gerald Oppenheim revealed changes being made to the Code of Fundraising Practice, following a 10 week consultation from September to November 2018 to solicit views from the sector about how to make it simpler.

Oppenheim said there was “broad support” for changing the code and that it will be written in simpler English and would include a glossary of terms to help with legal jargon. He added that it would be made more accessible online. He said it was important to update the code to mitigate against instances in which fundraisers have failed to regulate their fundraising behaviour.

Oppenheim said that the new code will be signed off in May and that it will be made available to the sector afterwards. Then, following a three-month period for staff to become accustomed to the changes, the code will come into effect. While he did not specify a date, he said he expected this to be some time in October.

To read the full article go to Civil Society

Inspiring Impact

New Philanthropy Capital’s joint venture project Inspiring Impact has launched a new website, using National Lottery funding. The website is aimed at small and medium charities that do not have a dedicated impact management team to find practices to improve impact.

The website provides free how-to guides and self-assessment tools, and resources from the sector including research, diagnostic tools, outcome frameworks and surveys.

Inspiring Impact will also run peer learning networks all over the UK to connect people facing similar challenges. Sharing experiences, and giving and receiving feedback, helps to embed learning and enhance individuals’ knowledge and practice of the subject.

They offer grant funding, too, so charities and social enterprises that would otherwise lack the opportunity can invest in understanding and improving their impact.

For more information go to their website.

Government announces end to unfair evictions

As part of a complete overhaul of the sector, the government has outlined plans to consult on new legislation to abolish Section 21 evictions – so called ‘no-fault’ evictions. This will bring an end to private landlords uprooting tenants from their homes with as little as 8 weeks’ notice after the fixed-term contract has come to an end.

Under the proposals, landlords will have to provide a concrete, evidenced reason already specified in law for bringing tenancies to an end, a marked step-change from the current rules which allows landlords to evict tenants at any time after the fixed-term contract has come to an end, and without specifying a reason.

However, to ensure responsible landlords have confidence that they will be able to end tenancies where they have legitimate reason to do so, ministers will also amend the Section 8 eviction process, so property owners are able to regain their home should they wish to sell it or move into it.

You can read more on the Government website

New Youth Charter to support young people across the country

A new Youth Charter will be developed to set out a vision for young people over the next generation and beyond according to Mims Davies, Minister for Sport and Civil Society.

It follows a roundtable the Minister and Jeremy Wright, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, had with the youth sector, sports bodies, charities and creative organisations last week as part of the Prime Minister’s Serious Youth Violence Summit to tackle knife crime.

The charter will reaffirm Government’s commitment to give young people a strong voice on the issues they care about such as combating serious violence and knife crime, addressing mental and physical health challenges and concerns about the environment and climate change.

It will be developed over the coming months, with Government working alongside youth sector organisations and young people.

For more information go to the Government website

Funding awarded to support vulnerable EU citizens apply for settled status

The Home Office has made up to £9 million available in funding which will be used to help 57 organisations both inform vulnerable individuals about the need to apply for settled status and support them to complete their applications to protect their status as the UK exits the EU.

The successful organisations, including disability and homeless charities and a wide-range of community organisations will provide support to an estimated 200,000 people, who may be marginalised or in need of extra help.

The funding comes as the Home Office confirmed it had now received more than 400,000 applications to the EU Settlement Scheme

Those who may require additional support include victims of human trafficking or domestic abuse, those with severe mental health conditions, those without a permanent address, and those who are elderly and isolated.

For more information go to the Government website

Code of Practice for providers of online social media platforms

The Code sets out actions that the Government believes providers of social media platforms should take to prevent bullying, insulting, intimidating and humiliating behaviours on their sites. This code of practice does not affect how illegal or unlawful content or conduct is dealt with.

The Code is directed at providers of social media platforms, but is also relevant to any sites hosting user-generated content and comments, including review websites, gaming platforms, online marketplaces and the like.

For more information go to the Government website

GDPR: The Essentials for Fundraising

The Institute of Fundraising has published an updated version of its GDPR guidance, as the first  anniversary of the regulation’s introduction approaches.

The basics are still the same – this update is about tweaking, including latest thinking, and providing some more tips and advice. This includes new information around minimising data protection risks, advice about when you need to consider employing a data protection officer and all new top tips on how to assess whether you have a legitimate interest for carrying out direct marketing under GDPR.

You can download a copy of the guide here

Fifth of young children ‘actively engage’ in charitable giving

From Civil Society

Young children between four and eight understand the ideas behind charities and should be given more autonomy in choosing which charities to support, according to a report from the University of Kent.

Researchers for Kent’s Engaging Children in Charities and Charitable Giving report talked to over 150 young children and found that around a fifth had actively engaged in charitable giving decisions and had begun to question the motivations of giving and the impact.

Over half of the children involved in the report had some basic knowledge and awareness of charities, but a very limited understanding of why, where the money goes and how it is used.

One third had a more developed understanding of charity and could connect their ideas about causes with activities and with charities they had been involved with

You can read the report as an online pdf here